CHICAGO – Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout, and banged-up Chicago stopped a three-game slide with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves through overtime, then stopped all three Minnesota shootout attempts. Hossa connected on the Blackhawks’ second attempt in the tiebreaker by powering a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov.
It was Chicago’s first game since coach Joel Quenneville said captain Jonathan Toews would miss the rest of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. The Blackhawks also were without Patrick Kane, another star forward who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because of a lower-body injury.
Chicago did get Bryan Bickell back from an injury, and he scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period. Ben Smith also scored for the Blackhawks.
Charlie Coyle and Erik Haula scored for Minnesota, which moved five points ahead of Dallas and Phoenix in the battle for two Western Conference wild-card playoff spots.
BLUE JACKETS 2, FLYERS 0: In Philadelphia, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 37 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, leading Columbus to their first win in Philadelphia. The Blue Jackets, who were 0-5-1 in Philadelphia since the franchise’s inception in 2000.
HURRICANES 4, STARS 1: In Raleigh, N.C., John-Michael Liles had a goal and two assists to lead Carolina to the win. Liles, Eric Staal and Justin Faulk each scored during a run of three goals in a 4:36 span of the second period.
MAPLES LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3, OT: In Toronto, Nazem Kadri scored 2:51 into overtime to lift Toronto to the win. Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 26 and March 1.
FLAMES 4, LIGHTNING 1: In Tampa, Fla., Karri Ramo finished with 31 saves and Mike Cammalleri and Kevin Westgarth scored 15 seconds apart in the first period in the Calgary win.
BLUES 2, SABRES 1: In St. Louis, Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots, and St. Louis earned a franchise-record 52nd victory. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games.
PENGUINS 4, JETS 2: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Paul Martin returned after an 18-game absence and scored the winner to help Pittsburgh eliminate Winnipeg from playoff contention.
Pittsburgh (49-23-5) won the NHL’s Metropolitan Division title before the game was over because Philadelphia lost to Columbus earlier in the evening.